Episode #5 Hindi TV Serial Byomkesh Bakshi explores the story about a Wasiyat – i.e. – the death will. It is a murder mystery, but it is even more important in Byomkesh chronicles due to one more reason. This is the case where in order to solve it, Byomkesh meets Satyavati. He and Satyavati eventually falls in love with other and later gets married.
|H N Singh
|Asst. Music Director
|Nanda Kumar Das
|Saharadindu Bandopadhyay, Basu Chatterji, Mriganka Shekhar Rai
Basu Chatterji Production for
Rajit Kapoor (Byomkesh Bakshi), K K Raina (Ajit Kumr Banerji), Kartik Dutta (Punti Ram), Sukanya Kulkarni (Satyavati),Dinyar Tirandaz (Inspector Sen),Ashish K Banerji (Motilal),Tushar Majumdar (MakhanLal),Rakesh Sahu (Chunni Lal),Naved Aslam (Sukumar),Bhushan (Servant),
It is said that money (or wealth), land, and lust often make people to commit crimes. There are many cases found in the history where you see a son is killing his father to earn his money or throne. This episode is also about a wealthy man’s murder. And his death will plays important part in the story.
The story explores incidents happened (fictional) in Calcutta (now Kolkata) during 1935. Karali Babu was a wealthy man who was found dead one morning. It was a murder and Inspector Sen was the investigating Police officer. It was the recommendation of Police commissioner himself which bring Byomkesh to this case. Commissioner wanted the case to be explored in parallel by Byomkesh to find the truth about the murder.
In addition of being wealthy, Karali Babu was outspoken and short tempered. He don’t have any direct descendents (i.e. no wife and no children). He believed that his relatives were staying with him only for his wealth and he often scolds them. He had a habit changing his death will based on incidents. If he is angry with someone today and if the fellow is his successor in the will; he change the will to someone else.
The following people are living in the home (and are primary suspects of possible murder):
He is one of the nephews of Karali Babu. He is not back to home since last night (when the murder took place). Police considers him as primary suspect or rather accused. He is found mentioned as a sole successor in one of the death will of Karali Babu. Motilal is also a little short tempered fellow and there was a small verbal fight between him and Karali Babu on the previous day.
Living in the same house, he is another nephew of Karali Babu. He is found mentioned as a sole successor in one of the death will of Karali Babu.
Living in the same house, he is another nephew of Karali Babu.
Other boy living in the same house, a relative of Karali Babu. He is found mentioned as a sole successor in one of the death will of Karali Babu.
A young girl living in the same house, a relative of Karali Babu, sister of Sukumar.
The murder was done by piercing a needle repeatedly in the soft fragile spot behind the neck. If done effectively, the injury to this place proves fatal for the victim. The way of murder suggests that person who did this have good knowledge of human body. It is also worth to note that in this episode one of the murder suspects is found reading the book –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray’s_Anatomy
From this episode you start realising that the author, Sharadindu Bandopadhyay decided to advance the real life of his fictional detective (and other characters) along with each case. In that vision you can compare it with Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppense, who ages gradually.
The story is written pretty nicely and it is gripping. The screenplay is equally tight and gripping. Needless to say that it is out and out Rajit Kapoor show. He performs pretty well. At one end he is calm, composed and witty as the detective. At the other end, see the last scene of the episode where you can find the enthusiasm and blushing clearly visible on his face, while he talks about Satyavati and exploring the fact (in front of Ajit) that they are seeing each other. Only a committed actor can perform with such conviction when two opposite level of acting is needed.
At the same time, it would be injustice with K K Raina if his work is not acknowledged. He is equally competent as Ajit Banerji His dialog delivery and his body language are always in sync of the scene. Sukanya have not much to do as Satyavati, but still she leaves an impression.
Dinyar tries hard to impress as inspector Sen, and we must say he is good in some of the scenes. His performance is not consistent and he is not in sync with entire team in many scenes. Though, in terms of writing, his character is given enough footage and some nice scenes, he didn’t make most from this opportunity. The actors playing Motilal and Sukumar are convincing, rest are ok.
The background music is definitely a worth to mention part of this episode. It helps in setting up the proper impact for every scene throughout the episode. The director is considered as the ship of the captain and Basu Chatterji plays the role very effectively. The director executes the stuff very honestly and it is visible on screen.
Overall an episode which is simple in execution, no larger than the life sets or special effects. It however stands out with some remarkable performances (including by actors and background team), effective writing, and flowless direction. If crime fiction or detective fiction interests you then don’t miss it.
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Also, fasten your seat belts for the ride of another case of Byomkesh where he and Ajit are trying to solve another case, in episode 6 (which is about murders done using a quicksand area as a weapon). We will post our reviews for the same in coming days.